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How to Change Your Headlights
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A burnt-out headlight may not seem like much, but it could become a major safety hazard on the road. Driving in the dark, snow, rain, or bad weather, in general, can lead to disaster without properly functioning headlights. Without them, you can’t see as well and other drivers may struggle to see you. Fortunately, changing your headlights is relatively easy and doesn’t require much in terms of supplies or tools.

Items & Tools Requirement

  • Owner’s manual
  • Screwdriver (older models)
  • Safety glasses

The Process

  1. Pop the hood open and make sure that it’s secure enough that it won’t fall on you.
  2. Check the owner’s manual for any special instructions regarding your make and model of vehicle.
  3. Locate and remove the power connector from the back of the headlight. You may need to turn it to get it loose enough to remove.
  4. Remove the dust cover by twisting.
  5. Some vehicles may have a clip that holds the headlight bulb in place. If so, simply press down to release.
  6. Grab the housing of the bulb firmly and pull until it comes loose. Avoid pulling the bulb by the glass as it could shatter, creating a different problem.
  7. Compare the old and new bulbs side by side to ensure they match. If they don’t, consult your owner’s manual to ensure you have the right size bulb.
  8. Wipe the bulb with a cloth to ensure there isn’t any dust or fingerprints on it.
  9. Line the bulb up with the socket and insert it. Make sure it doesn’t wiggle or shake.
  10. Slide the bulb into place and twist to lock it in.
  11. Replace the clip, if your vehicle has one. Reattach the dust cover then the power connector. Make sure both are secure.
  12. Turn on the headlights to make sure the bulb and connector work properly
  13. Close the hood.
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